David Beckmann will step up to Formula 2 this season, joining the Charouz team together with Guilherme Samaia.
Beckmann has raced at Formula 3 and GP3 level since 2016 – his second year of car racing. He only joined the 2020 FIA F3 field as a late call-up for Trident, but was in contention for the title until the final round and finished up sixth in the standings.
He went on to join Charouz for all three days of F2 post-season testing in Bahrain in December.
“I’m delighted to be able to jump into F2 this year after developing my career in F3,” he said.
“It’s exciting to have in front of me a new car and a new challenge, which reminds me of the step I took from F4 to F3, and this will be really challenging. Of course, it’s also one more step towards Formula 1, and this means to see your goal a little bit closer.
“To be with Charouz Racing System in this venture makes me feel really comfortable: since they joined F2, they showed to be on the spot, managing to be competitive and consistent in performance with all their drivers.
“The team has a great back-up and structure, I have already met during testing some of the personnel, which includes people I have already worked with previously and this put me totally at ease with the team and promises a good season together.”
Samaia joins Charouz for his second season in F2, having scored a best finish of 14th place while driving for Campos Racing in 2020.
“I’m glad to have David and Guilherme on-board with us for this season,” said team boss Antonin Charouz.
“Looking back on the 2020 season, it probably was one of the hardest in motorsport’s history, but we have been strong and kept our head down to make the most out of it.
“I’m much more confident about the 2021 campaign, as we have clearer guidelines about how to advance and this allows us to get even more focused on the work on track. We had already the pleasure to work with Beckmann and Samaia in testing, and the results were positive and encouraging for both.”
Charouz finished seventh in the teams’ standings in 2020 and ran Louis Deletraz to eighth in the points after five podium finishes.